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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.42
Liaison Beverley Ayeni
Submission Date Oct. 6, 2014
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

Western University
OP-3: Building Operations and Maintenance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.52 / 4.00 Stefanie De Adder
Sustainability Coordinator
Facilities Management
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Does the institution have any building space certified under the following green building rating systems for existing buildings?:
Yes or No
LEED for Existing Buildings or another 4-tier rating system used by an Established Green Building Council (GBC) Yes
The DGNB system, Green Star Performance, or another 3-tier GBC rating system No
BREEAM-In Use, CASBEE for Existing Building, or another 5-tier GBC rating system No
Other non-GBC rating systems (e.g. BOMA BESt, Green Globes) No

A brief description of the green building rating system(s) used and/or a list or sample of certified buildings and ratings:

In 2008, Western established an operational policy that all new building construction and retrofits will achieve a minimum LEED Silver certification. In 2014, this policy was modified to say that "Best efforts should be made to undertake design and construction at a level to achieve a minimum of LEED silver certification, nothing there may be renovation projects where this is not achievable without significant additional expenditures. In this case, the Vice-President (Resources & Operations) shall have the final recommendation. This statement does not mean that formal certification will be sought.

Currently, Western has 3 LEED certified buildings on campus:

LEED Gold (1 building): Claudette MacKay-Lassonde Pavillion (New Construction)
LEED Silver (1 building): McIntosh Gallery (Existing Building)
LEED Silver Stevenson-Lawson Building (Existing Building, certified in June 2014)

Buildings registered for LEED Certification, still pending certification (9 buildings): Richard Ivey School of Business*, Physics and Astronomy Building, Medical Education Centre*, Ontario Hall*, Music Building**, WindEEE*, Fraunhofer Project Centre*, Delaware Hall*, and Accelerator Building (on Advanced Manufacturing Park)*.

Note: *=under construction, **=design phase


Total floor area of eligible building space (operations and maintenance):
7,741,313 Square Feet

Floor area of building space that is certified at each level under a 4-tier rating system for existing buildings used by an Established Green Building Council::
Certified Floor Area
Minimum Level (e.g. LEED Certified) 0 Square Feet
3rd Highest Level (e.g. LEED Silver) 130,508 Square Feet
2nd Highest Level (e.g. LEED Gold) 0 Square Feet
Highest Achievable Level (e.g. LEED Platinum) 0 Square Feet

Floor area of building space that is certified at each level under a 3-tier rating system for existing buildings used by an Established Green Building Council::
Certified Floor Area
Minimum Level ---
Mid-Level ---
Highest Achievable Level ---

Floor area of building space that is certified at each level under a 5-tier rating system for existing buildings used by an Established Green Building Council::
Certified Floor Area
Minimum Level ---
4th Highest Level ---
Mid-Level ---
2nd Highest Level ---
Highest Achievable Level ---

Floor area of building space that is certified at any level under other green building rating systems for existing buildings:
0 Square Feet

Floor area of building space that is maintained in accordance with formally adopted sustainable building operations and maintenance guidelines or policies, but NOT certified:
7,610,805 Square Feet

A copy of the sustainable building operations and maintenance guidelines or policies:
The date the guidelines or policies were formally adopted:
June 24, 2010

A brief description of the sustainable building operations and maintenance program and/or a list or sample of buildings covered:

Sustainability in Design of Facilities: In planning the campus of the future the University will incorporate sustainability of the environment in the planning and design process. This includes promoting energy conservation in the operation of facilities, provision of facilities to support alternate transportation arrangements, and the protection of natural and wetland areas throughout the campus (Western Master Plan, 2007)
http://www.uwo.ca/pvp/strategic_plan/documents/MasterPlanFinalSept-07.pdf

*Sample taken directly from Existent Practices and Guidelines at Western for Building Operations and Maintenance


A brief description of how the institution ensures compliance with sustainable building operation and maintenance guidelines and policies:

Western's compliance with sustainable building operation and maintenance guidelines and practices can be found under the following link:
http://uwo.ca/ppd/documentation/WesternSusPracticesPolicies.pdf


The website URL where information about the institution’s certified buildings and/or sustainable operations and maintenance guidelines or policies is available:

Building floor area that were excluded from eligible building space:

- Claudette-McKay Lassonde Pavilion (Gold LEED certified, new construction)
- 4 buildings within scope of this report that are pending LEED certification:= Physics and Astronomy Building, Richard Ivey School of Business, Music Building, Delaware Hall
- Solvent Storage Building (<1000 sq ft)
- Winter Tennis Club ( <1000 sq ft)
- B&G Greenhouses (somewhat temporary structure)

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.